Ethical research requires that researchers should have the appropriate experience, qualifications and competence to design and carry out their work. Research ethics committees are often required to consider whether researchers have sufficient competence as part of their assessment of projects. This is, for example, an expectation of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Framework for Research Ethics, (ESRC 2015). Some research methodologies and disciplines have identified core competencies, qualifications or certification processes. In other cases, committees may need to assess claims made to competence or attempt to discern this from an application. It is important that ethics committees themselves have a sufficient range of competence to make such assessments, or are able to call upon additional assessors as required.